The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has predicted heavy rains and thunderstorms across the country next week, starting from today (Sunday).
In a statement, MSD said heavier falls in excess of 50mm in 24 hours are expected in some areas. It said:
Widespread thunderstorms are expected across much of the country. These storms are expected to bring heavier falls (in excess of 50mm in 24 hours) in places.
Such a thundery phenomenon is usually superseded by lightning. This poses a potential threat to the tallest objects such as trees, poles, isolated sheds and even persons in an open field.
Downstream flooding is also a potential hazard. Once a thunderstorm begins, desist from all outdoor activity.
Avoidance of metal objects, electrical gadgets and tall isolated trees or sheds. Do not cross flooded rivers or streams whether on foot or in a vehicle.
Avoid parking vehicles under trees, where possible trim overhanging branches and when thunder roars it is best to be indoors.